Systems Research Group

Identifier-Locator Network Protocol (ILNP)

The Identifier-Locator Network Protocol (ILNP) is the realisation of a radical new approach to Internet Architecture: one where addressing uses new naming types: Identity and Location. This makes the architecture cleaner, with better, harmonised support for such functions as security, privacy, mobility, multihoming, multipath transport, and virtualisation. It can be realised as a set of backwards compatible enhancements to the current IPv6. It is currently an Experimental Protocol from the IRTF, documented in RFCs 6740-6748. In RFC6115 (Feb 2011), the IRTF Routing Research Group (RRG) co-chairs recommended that ILNP be pursued within the IETF.

ILNP is currently sponsored by: Verisign, USA (PhD studentship); Time Warner Cable, USA (PhD studentship), and previously sponsored by: Cisco, USA (PhD studentship, equipment).